This flattering Brendel flower model of the Daphne arises from an ebonized stand with a blue label and a turned ebonized stem. The ebonized stem which rests in the stand leads to a naturalized green stem of the Daphne plant out of which the two pink flowers grow. Two flowers of papier-mâché are depicted in this model: the first full grown, the second cut in half depicting anatomy of the flower.
The label is signed:
No. 61 Daphne Mezereum L. VIII 1. Flos.Mezereum Seidelbast blüthen dalne, Daphne Bois gentil. Daphnaccae vetgr. 4 fach
It also has a second label, which is signed:
Lehrmittel institute Wilh. Schlüter Halle a S [Halle am Saale]
Height on stand: about 36 cm
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Van Leest Antiques
Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.